The wine industry in the Yakima Valley got started in the 1960's and the Yakima Valley, within the Columbia Valley district, became Washington State’s first official AVA in 1983. It is proud, successful and expanding heritage.

But before we get to thinking we are pretty experienced in the world of wine, keep in mind Yakima is just a recent blip on the big time line of wine with the revelation of new evidence of wine being discovered in giant, 8,000-year-old jars from the Eurasian nation of Georgia.

A new study has found chemical evidence of wine in a massive jug that dates back to 6,000 B.C.  The University of Pennsylvania Museum analyzed the three feet tall pottery jars that could have stored up to 300 liters of wine.  Small clay bumps clustered around the rim are thought to represent grapes.

The Washington Post reports the discovery is significant because the new findings push evidence of wine being created and consumed some 600 to 1,000 years before the previous oldest estimates.  We've been boozing longer than we thought!  (sorry officer, What time is it? I'm not sure when I took the first drink, it coulda been 800 years ago!)

What's that say about civilization? Not sure, let's have a glass of wine and think about it.


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